My Sugar Detox- The Effects of Sugar on your health

 So new year, new challenge. If you read my fitness new year resolutions blog post you will know that I am on a Sugar detox, and it seems that I am not alone; Cantara from Gymbags and Gladrags and from Deja from Deja Zu are both giving up sugar in January. I decided to do the 21 Day Challenge, so from today I am giving up refined sugar.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not sugar mad… I don’t add it to food, but I do eat food high in sugar. Did you know that many foods have hidden sugar in them, from cereals, granola, fruit, smoothies, fruit juice, coleslaw, barbeque sauce, ketchup, pasta sauce… the list goes on! So as well as the usual sugar suspects of chocolate, cookies, cakes, pastries, soft drinks there are hundreds of foods that have sugar added to them. Did you know that the average person consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar a day!! Could you image just sitting and eating that in one sitting! Just take a look at the picture below at how much sugar is found in your favourite drinks!

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So you may wonder why I’ve decided to give up sugar, we here’s a quick list on why sugar is not good for you, your health or your looks!

  • Consuming excess sugar makes you look older! Studies have shown that there is a direct link between the amount of sugar consumed and how old a person looks. High sugar diets reduce the quality of the collagen in your skin – the less collagen you have the more your skin breaks down, making it thinner and more wrinkly. It also becomes more prone to the damaging effects of the environment and UV rays, so for great youthful looking skin, cut out the sugar!
  • Sugar is addictive! Sugar initially gives you a massive high and then a few hours later you crash, which makes you crave more, so you consume more sugar. It works the same way any drug would! Sugar is a mood-altering drug which plays with your moods, one minute your happy then next you are mood and anxious.
  • Sugar causes illnesses including obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart diseases, cancer and liver problems. It has even been linked to fertility problems in women and increases the risk of dementia and rheumatoid arthritis! Wow sugar really is evil!
  • Sugar is empty calories! High sugar foods such as soft drinks, chocolate and pastry unfortunately contain very little essential nutrients. So if you eat high sugar food such as these instead of more nutritious foods, you will probably become deficient in many important nutrients.

So as you can see there are very few health benefits to sugar, so there is no need to be eating it in excess. Now as sugar has the same effects on you as drugs… i.e. it can be addictive, my sugar detox may be a little more difficult than I think, so I will keep you all updated on how I do!

Have you ever tried a sugar detox? How did you manage? Would you call yourself a sugar addict?

13 Comments

  1. Carly

    UGH. Every time I see that picture it grosses me out but I’m AWFUL with sugar. Even when I’ve cut out soda (which is hard for me) I still crave candy and sweets so much + like you mentioned there is so much sugar in regular foods we don’t even realize! Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

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  2. Katie @ Cake Vs Scales

    I gave up processed/white/some fruit sugar on the 1st December and apart from one Xmas day ‘blip’ I’ve not looked back..
    I was completely and utterly addicted and eating foods I considered healthy and not realizing the terrible effects all this processed and nasty sugar was causing.
    Once I’d learnt which foods to cut and alternatives I felt excellent, I run faster, smile more and has less bloat…Keep it up – You’ll feel amazing!

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  3. emma

    I’ve tried a sugar challenge a few times and only lasted about two days, so bad! It’s so difficult! I have consciously cut back on my sugar though by cutting sugary drinks and big bingey bars of chocolate and sugary cereals and things.

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  4. kassie barker jones

    I haven’t directly given up sugar, but I am eating healthier and in general cutting down on sugary things, fatty things and carby things. Been drinking so much water and was tempted by Coke this morning (tired zzz) but so glad I didn’t after seeing that. Good job you’re doing it with someone else as I am too (going to send her the link to this) and I find it help so much having support there. Good luck!

    ps. about to follow, using this as motivation for sure!

    Kassie – http://www.styledevoured.com xx

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  5. Hannah Bailey

    I tried two of the instagram sugar free things last year, the first one was fine as it allowed plant based sugar like stevia and fruit. the second one I tried was literally just eat meat and veg…I dont eat meat so that ended pretty quickly! xo

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  6. Jordan Burrell

    I’m currently giving up sweets and chocolate in my first step towards eating less sugar. I definitely want to try and cut down on added sugars, but still eat foods such as fruit and veg which have natural sugars in. I’m mindful of the fact that our brains are made to run off glucose from carbs and giving these up completely isnt great for you. Did you see the horizon documentary on fat vs sugar the other week? Very interesting viewing! X

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